Roman Egyptian pottery figure of a stylised dolphinR169
A solid modelled red slip pottery figure of a dolphin with its tail raised in the air. The highly stylised features and oddly rounded mouth suggest the work of an artist who may never have seen the animal he was trying to represent and perhaps copying a two-dimensional design from a vase or mosaic.
Romano-Egyptian, c. 1st Century AD
9.7 x 19.8 cms
A repair on the tail and minor surface chipping otherwise intact
Ex. collection: Marius-Victor-Ernest Dumas (North Africa and France); acquired in Tunisia between c. 1890-1920. M. Dumas was Controleur Civile (French colonial administrator) of the city of Sousse in Tunisia prior to World War I. This collection of Roman and North African antiquities has remained in the family for the past 100 years in the Haute-Savoie region of France.